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Flaherty back on active roster, Navarro sent down

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Flaherty back on active roster, Navarro sent down

NEW YORK –- Ryan Flaherty returned to the Orioles lineup from the 15-day disabled list on Friday. Flaherty, who had a sore right groin, is batting ninth and playing second base.

Flaherty and J.J. Hardy, who was reinstated on Thursday, played three games at Bowie. He was 3-for-12 with a home run.

In nine games, Flaherty is batting .300 with the Orioles. He has two home runs and four RBIs.

"Every time you get a chance to get in there and play and help the team win, it's exciting. And I have a chance,” Flaherty said.

For two weeks, Flaherty, Hardy and Jonathan Schoop were all on the disabled list. Had they not been so short of infielders, the Orioles might have tried to get by and not put Flaherty on the DL because he might have been able to play within a week.

“This is the first time I ever pulled a muscle in my life. It was just kind of a trial and error with me because I had never done it before,” Flaherty said.

He had some fun with Hardy when they were temporary Baysox players. Hardy hadn’t played for the Orioles this season until Thursday night.

"I think J.J. was in a little bit of a different boat. He was joking with me saying I better be ahead of him because it's been six weeks without hitting. I didn't need that many,” Flaherty said.

“I think any time you get a chance to play with J.J. it's a good thing. He has that ability to make everyone around him better just by being there. It was a good three days being able to play with him."

Rey Navarro, who was recalled from Norfolk when Flaherty was put on the disabled list was optioned to the Tides. He hit .316 with two RBIs in seven games with the Orioles.

MORE ORIOLES: Cabrera put on DL with bruised left foot to make room for Hardy

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.

Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor. 

No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders. 

The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles left-hander Zach Britton has been activated from the disabled list, six months after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Assuming he's finally healthy enough to resume his role as one of the best closers in the big leagues, the question now is: How long will Britton be with the Orioles?

Britton's contract expires after this season, and Baltimore entered play Monday with the worst record in the major leagues (19-45).

So, as he stood in front of his locker and spoke excitedly about his return to the Orioles, Britton conceded that his stay in Baltimore may not extend beyond the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"I want to pitch well and help the team, regardless of our standing or trade discussions," he said.

Asked if the next few weeks might serve as an audition for other teams, Britton replied, "I guess so, but I'm not going to think of it like that."

Britton made the 2016 AL All-Star team during a season in which he converted all 47 of his save opportunities and compiled a 0.54 ERA in 69 appearances.

He fought forearm and knee injuries last season and had only 15 saves. Then, during the winter, he tore his right Achilles tendon during a workout.

"When I injured myself in December, I was just looking forward to walking again and running again and then to be able to pitch back in the big leagues," Britton said. "There were a lot of hurdles that I overcame."

Surgery and an intense rehab program under Orioles trainer Brian Ebel enabled the 30-year-old to return sooner than many anticipated.

"The thought that he's a pitcher for us on June 11, that's remarkable," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's checked every box to get ready. I don't know what else you could possibly do."

Although Britton will be pitching for a team that's struggled mightily this season, that won't influence the intensity he will bring to the mound.

"I had some injuries the last few years, so I'm looking forward to turning the page on that and just getting back to pitching well," he said. "Everyone in this clubhouse wants to do well at this level, and that's my focus."

To adjust the roster for Britton's return, the Orioles placed right-hander Pedro Araujo on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain and moved outfielder Colby Rasmus to the 60-day DL.